Argentina beat Croatia to clinch first Davis Cup title

  • Argentina beat Croatia to clinch first Davis Cup title

Argentina beat Croatia to clinch first Davis Cup title

It represented Argentina's first Davis Cup title in their fifth final, Croatia unable to add to their 2005 triumph.

He captured the first live fifth rubber in the Davis Cup Final since 2012 and '13, when Radeck Stepanek won consecutive live deciders against Spain and Serbia, respectively. But Del Potro rebounded from his gold-medal defeat against Andy Murray in Rio and beat the three-time Grand Slam victor in five sets.

Juan Martin del Potro staged a magnificent comeback Sunday after losing the first two sets, ultimately defeating Marin Cilic 6-7 (4), 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 and 6-3 in 4 hours 53 minutes to bring the Argentine and Croatian teams to a 2-2 tie in the Davis Cup competition in Zagreb.

The result means Argentina have created 2 unique pieces of history. The story of a resurgent Del Potro and the rise of an unlikely victor in the fifth rubber being Delbonis.

Delbonis dropped to the ground after his 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory.

Juan Martin Del Potro himself knew that the mountain to climb was maybe too high at some stage of the match against Marin Cilic.

Federico Delbonis then secured a straight sets victory over Ivo Karlovic to hand Argentina their first-ever Davis Cup and Orsanic had nothing but praise for his team after the victory was assured, particularly Del Potro, who has overcame a number of injury problems in recent years. Cilic turned aside the first two set points, but a lunging backhand volley victor would give the Argentine the third.

Orsanic, who was ecstatic after such a dominating performance from Delbonis, was quite surprised with such an easy win for the player.

Argentine captain Daniel Orsanic is likely to choose Guido Pella, a stalwart of the semi-final victory over last year's victor, Britain, as his second singles player.

However, Delbonis continued to exploit his rival's lack of mobility and soon moved two sets up, with Karlovic appearing short of ideas. The world No. 38 broke right back for 1-1 and earned another scalp of the Cilic serve for 5-3.

The world No. 41 didn't falter eventually winning the match 6-3 6-4 6-2 to complete a historic comeback.

Cilic raced into a two-set lead and required just one last big effort to claim the Davis Cup.

"It's tough for me to speak, but I did my best and this is fantastic", said an emotional Del Potro, who overcame 34 aces to prevail after four hours and 53 minutes.

The first set goes to a tiebreaker and Cilic in the red now has set point leading 6-4.